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, and in a fashion that is less combative. maybe we can actually sit down with some members of the community, with the mayor's office convening, the board of supervisors. the planning department will stay involved. we have christine from our enforcement division. but to do this in a way that is less combative spirit i am not sure it has gotten us very far. i think we are spinning our wheels and are in the same place we were six years ago. i know there has been some legislation recently proposed around student housing that we heard last week. issues around housing, traffic, are issues that, hopefully, we can continue to work with the institution to see if we can get somewhere where the neighbors and others feel more resolved
around. we live in the city, obviously. there is a lot that is perhaps unresolved, but i am at a place where some of the issues that fall out of the purview of the imp continued to be worked on, continue to move forward on. some have been working on this issue for a long time. i am hoping he can help us move forward on some of these things. i do not think i need to reiterate what everyone has already stated, some of the concerns. i believe the imp does meet the standards that are set. my desire is to close the hearing on the institutional master plan. i see other commissioners have
their names up. there is no motion. i would like to allow the other commissioners an opportunity to speak. commissioner moore. commissioner moore commissioner moore: i appreciate the voices that have come to the meeting. i echo everyone's concerns. this group has been sitting since 2008, repeatedly and in accelerated fashion. this is the crescendo. voices are loud and clear. the lack of definition on what an institutional master plan needs to be, as in section 3 04 0.5, makes it difficult to drive the point home further than what is in front of us. i just want to perhaps support
and elevate what commissioner miguel said. given the fact that we are here with a very complete, comprehensive, attractive imp's from other city institutions, i would like to say that this is barely in the lower tier. it looks good, have the right graphics cover, the snappy binding, the heavy cover, heavier than any part of the content that is what is expressed in here. this is basically a light weight pr document, using commissioner miguel's words. since the definition in the code does not require anything other than that, i regret an institution, which definitely is doing some good things, on its own, would not rise to the occasion to show what they are doing. that is, indeed, a more
thoughtful description of themselves, more 4-looking mission statement of where minim expressing that they want to be a good citizen in city matters, which apparently they have not, given the violations. that is all watching old laundry. what bothers me is this imp makes it look like what architecture schools referred to as art 1. it tells me about the codes, the buildings, where they are. i deal with that every week. i do not need to fill the pages of this kind of plan with information which is obvious and accessible to all of us. i do not want to take this further. there is one thing, and i want to hang this out as a question mark. the success of the university.
that is accepted, and that has been directed in the proper way, channeled in the proper way, its own benefit. however, while there is growth at indication relative to what is needed, i do not see a counterstatement with the many students, how and where they would lift. that is basically at the core of the question here in the room for many. the institutional attitude towards future growth and housing, where would students live, in what buildings? and in what fashion? i think that needs to be addressed somewhere. perhaps part of the eir, i do not know. i believe this institutional master plan falls flat on its face because housing, if you just take the sound bites, is one of the biggest concerns. with the increase in housing,
there is a major concern about transportation. the transportation has to go hand in hand with roads and housing, including the mission and rapidly changing the attitudes of our transportation, how the current university operates, relative to what they will be doing in the future. i think that is a disclosure statement need to have as part of this document. commissioner olague: commissioner antonini? commissioner antonini: i partially disagree. i think this imp is comparable to what we have received from other universities and institutions. it is longer because it has to be, a much more complicated situation. obviously, many institutions are very small in one location, so a two-page sheet, with a rough sketch, is certainly adequate for their imp. because of the complexity of the
situation, and it points out a lot of things. it is not to be a document with complete problem-solving, but rather, a document that presents what is there and what is planned for the future. that is what this does. many of the issue will be discussed as part of the eir, which has been mentioned by other commissioners. i think that is entirely true. just a few observations. they make a good point in the document about housing impact. you have a lot of students, they are going to live somewhere. i was a student in san francisco and i made an impact because i took up housing that somebody else could have. it is a zero sum situation whether or not the university owns the housing or is owned by others and the students live there. that is the subject we are taking up. that being said, we have a success story in that we have an institution, as was pointed out
, bringing a lot of revenue into the city, employment into the city, students, and there will be impacts. of course, that is what we will analyze in the eir, but we cannot discriminate housing for students just as valuable as others. students often of the lower income level than some of the other people. it does not mean that they necessarily are higher income people, in most cases. the traffic thing, again, and eir issue. we have to live just beyond the university and the entire impact of buses all over, including businesses that run big buses through san francisco to institutions on the peninsula, such as google and apple, genentech, and our own muni. this is an issue that we have to
look at globally as we look at the use of transportation, particularly, diesel buses, and see if we can somehow make them more efficient. a couple other things that i would suggest, and this is not necessarily part of the plan. i am really happy that this is moving forward, and we should try to reinstitute monthly meetings and quarterly reports. the more we talk, the better things work. also, one of the things in the informational master plan is no duplication of facilities. on this housing issue, working in conjunction with ucsf, the dental school, and all the other institutions throughout san francisco who have lots of students and housing needs, if we can create new housing to accommodate their needs, both for the academy of art university, as well as these
others, that is a great idea, and is part of the housing concept, or perhaps conversions of existing commercial or retail space whose needs have changed and are available. another thing that has happened here is many of the acquisitions of the institution, which are pointed out in the informational master plan, are basically white elephants that were very expensive, could not be demolished. if it was not for their acquisition, they would be vacant. that is something that we do not dwell on often enough. i think we have some understanding, i hope, as we move forward with the environmental impact report, we will stay with the scope of what is in use at this time and will not be any additions before june of 2012, so we can actually get our arms around what is there, analyze the impact of what is in
use, and therefore, begin to move forward, after hopefully, and accepted eir, and then move forward with the other steps we need to. i think there are a lot of things that are not brought up, and that is the fact that, according to their documents, there are a lot of students who are educated, placed in jobs, becoming productive members of society. every institution has students to graduate, and often times, many public institutions, where they cannot find a job. one of the good things about this is a lot of the education here is very practical in nature and is geared toward where jobs are available, and that is an important thing that we do not see too often. anyway, finally, there were some comments we received in writing
about the behavior of students that we have to look at, make sure the behavior is appropriate, that neighbors are not disturbed and the same sorts of things that are important to look at. i will say in general they are clean and well maintained, and i am very frequently on the area around sutter and post, and i have had to make phone calls on a building that is not owned by the academy of art university. it is owned by someone who has market for development, and that developer has done nothing to keep it clean. i've had to make four or five calls to the individual himself, saying we have got to get this thing cleaned up. anyway -- i think we do have institutions to some degree. we of situations like nyu, the university of phoenix, the other
types of universities that are not in the historic format of what we are used to. so, i think we have to realize there will be a lot more of that in the future and to move forward. those are kind of my observations. i can go into those at greater length and we go to the environmental report. commissioner miguel: i did not want anyone to win for i was being critical of the company. -- i did not want for anyone to win for i was being critical of the company. you were doing what the client asked you to do. i to understand. i do want to complement sue hestor as a wordsmith with her term "metastasize." [laughter] i agree with the comments of the
other commissioners that we might take a better look at section 3 of 4, because it may become even more confusing in the future. however, i actually want to get beyond this and into the enforcement action and into the eir and into the conditional use items. that is where the worth of this commission will take place. >> because the closing of the hearing does not require a vote, what i am hearing is a desire to close the hearing? >> [unintelligible] >> which would then allow the acceptance. i use that term very deliberately. closing the hearing and "accepting"the mass your plan
does not mean that you are agreeing with. you are accepting the information. i want to give an update on where we go from here and the other processes as a commissioner. we have pending on many of the properties -- to be able to move up forward on those. the environmental impact report is under way. to be clear, the eir is not required for the master plan. there has been confusion about that for some time. de eir -- the eir is required for the properties. we have asked for the draft eir to be released next summer and we would go from there with the normal process of the eir. the commission has to certify the eir before you can approve the occupancy of any building.
we're moving forward with the enactments and the eir. next year will be an important here to try to bring this to resolution. president olague: thank you. >> commissioners, if there is no further discussion, or deliberation, madam president, i would ask the closing of the public hearing and the substance of the i.m.p., i would ask that you close this meeting. president olague: meeting is adjourned.
>> hi, i'm bart may. today we have a speaking event for you as we all the celebrate the placement of the world's largest self-anchored suspension bridge. without any further ado, i'd like to introduce the cal trans director, malcolm dockerty. >> thank you for coming out and helpling us celebrate the momentous occasion. it is my extreme pleasure to be able to introduce our first speaker today, and that is the honorable mayor, gene kwan. >> good morning. well, we were expecting my friend ed lee.
who knows if we see flashing sirens, that will probably be him. this is an amazing event for the bay area's economy. this bridge and this final lane of the final section represents so many things for us in the bay area. it represents an investment in the future of our area, tying oakland and san francisco. this is the kind of infrastructure work that i know president obama is trying to get in the big that will be coming up this week. about 10 kinds of this type of bridge are being built with federal dallas. the tax payers in the bay area have been willing to finance the retro fit of the bridge. this is a component that came from china. it's a real symbol of the global economy. and it is a complex project. it shows how we're linked
together. and thirdly, it's going to be this amazing opportunity for us regular self-defense when the bridge is finished, particularly here on the east side, to ride out here, our bikes, to walk out here across the bridge. to really tie us culturally as well as economically together in the bay area. i want to thank the workers and the cal trans crew that's been working so hard on this project for over a decade now. this has been difficult. i know the last mayor had a little bit of to say about the design. this has gone through three mayors. this is also when this comes back, it will be a critical part of what we're applying for federal funds. this is part of an overall economic vision, and lastly, we
all felt those tremors last week. we have to remember why we're here today. we live in earthquake country. there's so much work that we have to do to retro fit major bridges and roads in the bay area, and so that's why i'm particularly hopeful that we'll have a better outcome this week, next week in congress for the president's bill. we need to retro fit not only this bridge, but a lot of other major structures in the bay area. thank you to the engineering crew. thank you to the iron workers. thank you to international workers in china for building this last section. this is really a great day for the bay area 678. >> thank you, mayor. we could not let today pass without major representation from the bay area city, since this is a significant link here between the bay cities.
i'd like to introduce from the city of san francisco, mohammed nuru. >> good morning, and thank you for having us out here. i'd like to start by first of all expressing mayor lee's regret for not being able to come here. unfortunately, he got stuck at city hall. but with that said, we are very, very happy to be here for this event, and to join our partners. this celebration today marking installation of the 28th piece of the piece of bridge completes the driveway, bringing the rage into san francisco. as we heard from the mayor, it is a very, very important part of the project because it does connect san francisco. as you know, of 100 million people use this bridge in a year
to come to san francisco. but the construction of the bridge itself brings a lot of jobs to the bay area and we're very, very happy about that in support of all the work that our president is doing in washington to bring more of projects of this type. this bridge marks a huge improvement to connecting san francisco, and also connecting treasure island, which is the development that will be -- it's a development that's under way, and will hopefully be a place where everyone can also enjoy and ride their bicycles. next year we'll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the bay area bridge. i want to remind everyone to look forward to that celebration. it should be huge. i know there's a number of
projects, some lighting of the bridge and all sorts of celebrations. with that said, i'm very happy to be here and san francisco is proud to be part of this project. thank you. >> thank you very much. i'd like to talk about the significance of what's been accomplished here today. it's another major milestone in the construction project that is replacing the san francisco oakland bay bridge. another major step forward in the completion. obviously, it's very important, and as was mentioned earlier about the number of motors that use this bridge, it's 280,000-plus motorists that use this every day and it's an important economic lifeline, and this extraordinary work done today will ensure that this lifeline will be safe for generations to come.
as we speak behind me, you can see that the final deck section is being listed into place. all 28 deck sessions will be in place and this is a massive step toward the completion of this engineering icon bridge. it closes the gap between the s.a.s. and the skyway, which we are standing on. it will give us a clearer picture of what the skyway will look like and the opening of the bridge late in 2013. we've been work at this. the department of transportation as well as the contractor and many workers and the subcontractors. we've been work on this for 21 months. on february 3 of 2010, the first deck section was put into place. and i want to thank all of cal tran's workers, whose efforts over that period of time has led to this point as well as the contractor and the subcontractors for all the continued great work. the engineers and construction crews will be working night and day to livet all those 28 deck
sections into place for this world class bridge and they deserve a lot of recognition and our sincere thank you. i'd also like to give a specific thank you in recognition to american bridge and floor enterprise, the main contractor on this project and to all the employees who have made this achievement possible, and we'll hear from the project manager of that endeavor a little bit later. i want to thank the oversight committee. we'll hear next from steve hemmingger. but i'd also like to thank mr. rinehart, who was not able to be here today. i want to thank the residents for their patience and support on this important project. i'll close with message to all the driving public.
we ask you to drive safely and move over when it's safe to do so. at this time, i'd like to introduce, as mentioned before, the executive drecktor of the bay area toll authority, >> good morning, everybody. we broke ground on this project, or broke water, i don't know what the right phrase is for a bridge, in the year 2000. today is a big step toward completion of the project. i think it's important to mark milestones, especially when a project lasts this long. but the only milestone that really matters, as mayor kwan says, is when we can move
traffic from that bridge on to this one. that seismic safety imperative has always been uppermost in our mind. and it continues to be with the reminders that we've seen with recent seismic activity just over the last few weeks. mayor kwan, i want to assure you we are going to open this bridge when you are still mayor. as for mayor lee, i guess we'll find out in a few weeks. we are going to open it as quickly as possible. we certainly hope by late 2013, or sooner if possible, and let me conclude, if i could, because we'd be introducing brian peterson next, the project manager, that i sure hope now that we've got all the steel in place, we can really put the pedal to the metal.
congratulations to all the workers who have gotten us this far and let's get the last stretch done now. thank you. >> before i introduce our last important speaker, i want to close my comments on a safety note and acknowledge other partners that are here, the california highway patrol. i do know that seward is here for the california highway patrol and i want to extend my appreciation to them. at this time, i would like to introduce our last speaker, the project manager for this great project. brian peterson. >> good morning, everyone. it is a very exciting day.
i appreciate the attendance we have here. it's a great day here. it's a beautiful day. we've got a lot of this evenings ahead of us here. today is one of many great days for the project and american bridge floor marks the erection of a last piece of bridge stack. and the final major piece of the fabricated steel for the project. today's piece will allow us to start the cable work in the months to come. so you'll see a dynamic change again in the bridge. we are proud of the fabrication that has been provided by dpmc and we thank them for all of their efforts. we're also very fortunate to have an experienced work force here on the project that can